Post #517 Product Review – Autumn Spice

December 3, 2016 at 10:30 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #517 Product Review – Autumn Spice

I’ve mentioned one of the groups I’m a member of on FB a couple of times called Food Interactive.  The remarkable lady who runs the group is not only a pleasure to talk to, but also has a bubbling intellect brimming with ideas she shares with anyone who will listen.  She has a rare and unique palate that creates flavor combinations that she loves which she spreads throughout the group.  She recently sent me a spice blend and I had to write about it.

Autumn Spice is aptly named.  It’s scent immediately brings to mind the harvest time of year with strong, earthy overtones.  Its flavor profile belies its earthiness, though, by being both light on the tongue and robust in the sinuses.  I received a 1 oz container just before Thanksgiving and it put me in the mood for the holiday.  It was reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice, but held a character of its own.  I let Partner/Spouse sniff it and we both liked it.  After looking at the container for a half a day, I finally chose the four tests I was going to put it to.

First Test:  Cream Cheese Dip.  We often have appetizer night dinners.  In keeping with that theme, often we will have appetizer desserts.  Basically, that means fruits, cakes, and dips.  The easiest dip is melted chocolate, but another that’s almost as easy is cream cheese, powdered sugar, and spice.  8 oz of cream cheese mixed with 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 tsp of vanilla, and your favorite sweet spice (think cinnamon or allspice) beaten together until fluffy.  Then, like a fondue, dip small pieces of pound cake, pieces of fruit, or even shortbread cookies.  Autumn Spice gave a depth of flavor that had eating the dip with a spoon instead of a cookie.

Second Test:  Snickerdoodles.  Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar then baked.  Instead of cinnamon and sugar, I used Autumn Spice and sugar.  They smelled amazing while cooking, and tasted even better than they smelled.  I only made two dozen, but they didn’t last two days.  So good.

Third Test:  Chicken Bones.  It’s not what you think.  It’s a dessert appetizer.  Preheat your oven to 350.  Cut the crusts off twelve pieces of bread, and use a rolling pin to flatten them slightly.  Spread lightly with butter, then sprinkle a tablespoon of brown sugar over the butter.  Very lightly sprinkle cinnamon over the brown sugar, then roll the bread into tight rolls either diagonally or straight on.  Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.  Only this time, I used Autumn Spice.  Autumn Spice goes really well with brown sugar.  Really.  Well.  The chicken bones were amazing.

Fourth Test:  Simmering Potpourri.  During the times of year that the house is shut up (read that, any time the a/c or heater is on), our house is regularly spritzed with scents from automated plug-in deodorizers.  But “back in the olden days” they didn’t have automated stuff like that.  Fireplaces and wood burning stoves added a certain ambience from the wood smoke.  Cast iron steamers were used to add moisture to the air during a dry winter, and spices were added to scent the air.  I’ve done the same thing by putting a pot of water on the back of the stove with cinnamon and vanilla in it and letting it steam.  So I put in the last of the Autumn Spice and told everyone there were no pumpkin pies, gingerbread, or sweet potatoes cooking; it was just simmering potpourri.  Made everything smell like home.

Result:  It had a good beat and you can dance to it so I give it a 75.  Kidding.  I think she has a winner with this blend.  I’m not sure if she’s going to continue to make it and/or sell it, but if she does, she can count on my support!



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